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.35 and it could drop even more before new years. abc's sharyn alfonsi is here to tell us how much and why. >> reporter: it's the type of crash motorists love. gas prices plummeting. in boston, $3.59. atlanta, $3.79. salt lake, $3.40, and l.a., $3.68. the trip home for the holidays just got a lot cheaper. >> i'm thrilled! i mean, i have to buy gas no matter what, so, the fact that it costs a little bit less is great. especially with christmas and everything coming up. >> reporter: prices began rebounding after the refinery problems were fixed. add to that, demand for gasoline down for winter. analyst now think gas prices could fall even further before new years eve. >> by christmas, we should have prices between $3.20 per gallon and $3.40 per gallon. >> reporter: the good news comes on the heels of a game-changing headline from the internal energy agency. they predict the u.s. will be energy independent by 2030. and become the world's largest exporter of oil, surpassing counties like saudi arabia, venezuela, nigeria and even iran. solar, wind and a backyard oil boom has changed the global
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about that in a moment. >> the survival lesson they won't soon forget. they put their phone to good use. >>> if you got your kid an iphone for christmas, i did, my stepdaughter is 13. some are worried they might abuse it. a mom who may have the ultimate solution. she made her son sign an 18-point contract from handing the phone over at approximately 7:30 every night to no porn to mom always knows the passionword. >> a lot of parents are taking note. it's going viral. the rest of this creative contract in a few minutes. >>> speaking of smartphones the insanely addictive game angry birds. there is a real-life version playing out in the florida ev everglades. the mischief vultures are making. >> don't want to make them angry. >>> right to the big digout in the second snowstorm to days. ginger zee has the latest on what we can expect. >> more than 500 flights were delayed. that's just yesterday with this new storm and look at this, a trace to two inches for new york and boston. 80 miles away in connecticut, more than a foot of snow in milford mass, even though it's done. the issues, they're
tonight, with abc's john schriffen leading us off. >> reporter: whiteout conditions in ohio. power poles snapped like twigs in arkansas. and this pickup truck in southern illinois, struggling just to clear a path. the winter blast, now accounting for 15 deaths. most of them on the nation's roads, where black ice led to accident after accident. >> i lost count of the number of cars i've seen in the ditch. i saw a jackknifed tractor trailer. i saw a horse trailer that was turned over. >> reporter: today, the northeast was digging out. this man spent hours trying to rescue his car here in syracuse. what is it like dealing with this much snow? >> a lot of agony. a lot of back breaking. >> reporter: mother nature is also wreaking havoc in the skies. today alone, close to 700 flights were canceled. in the past 48 hours? nearly 3,000. on new york's long island, this southwest airlines plane skidded off the runway, getting stuck in the mud. 129 passengers evacuated safely. >> tower southwest 4695. >> 4695. >> we just made your day very exciting, at least ours is going to be. we just taxied off t
. not everyone was able to get to safety. >> just making it out there to the food. it starts jerking us and spinning us. >> oh, wow. look at that tornado. two deaths are blamed on the storm. >> a child from daily city killed last night. the victim of a police chase in pasadena that ended in a tragic crash. a woman and boy kill whtd suv police were chasing ran a red light and smashed into their minivan. the suv took off near the scene of a fatal shooting that happened on christmas day. one man was killed in the shooting and another remains in critical condition. investigator are now trying to determine if there is a connection between the victims and the four occupants of the suv being chased. >> a u.s. postal worker from san bruno under arrest for stealing mail using stolen credit cards. daily city police say that he stashed bags of mail in his home to find unused credit cards, caught using the cards and is accused of giving others to friends. he faces up to seven years for identity theft and possession of stolen property. >> a work worker is in critical condition. sky 7 hd over the sce
for us. it was amazing. >> and let me tell you, only one of us felt good enough to keep pushing the speed of the walk. >> it's true. it's true. >> her smile is great. >>> josh, you have a lot of news this morning. >> we're going to talk about breaking news overnight. affecting holiday shoppers. from coast to coast. a deal has been struck to end an eight-day strike in the port system, the largest in the nation. the port of los angeles and long beach, california. the strike was costing the economy an estimated $1 billion per day because it prevented shippers from delivering cargo to stores and other businesses. 40% of all goods shipped into the country come through those ports. union workers there were protesting the outsourcing of jobs. there's no word, yet, on the terms of the deal struck. >>> and speaking of the economy, there's important news for anyone who owns a home or is looking to buy. prices, skyrocketing to levels we have not seen in years. and "weekend gma" anchor bianna golodryga is here with the latest. good morning, bianna. >> reporter: good morning to you, josh. important ne
in snow. she shows us the tricks she used to survive and how she managed to escape. >>> and we asked, is it real or is it fake? that video of an eagle snatching up a baby, blowing up so fast. grabbing more than 16 million views in two days. it worked. but, yes, it's a hoax. this morning, we go straight to the source to learn the secrets of how they did it. >>> good morning, america. hi to robin at home. great to have elizabeth vargas back. paula faris in today. i'm surrounded. this is great. >> george's angels. >> that's right. >> and by the way, i knew it was a hoax. i knew that eagle wasn't grabbing that baby. >>> we have a lot to get to today. including the fiscal cliff showdown. talks have broken down. house republicans are going to push a fallback plan today. they're trying to make sure that taxes don't go up for anyone making under $1 million. will it help or hurt the negotiations? >>> and president obama front and center on the gun control debate, promising yesterday quick action. we'll show you how some cities are arming teachers. while many parents are taking safety in
are using hiv to help fight cancer. it's coming up on "world news now." >>> "world news now" weather brought to you by consumer cellula cellular. >>> a dramatic new direction in fighting cancer is now raising hopes of finding a way to eliminate the disease all together. >> this is just unbelievable. doctors are using the virus that causes aids to reprogram patient's immune systems. chief medical editor dr. richard besser explains. >> reporter: emma's leukemia seemed undefeatable, no treatments left, and she was only 6. then in april, a last gamble using hiv to cure, not kill. doctors took out millions of emma's disease fighting white blood cells and used a genetically altered hiv virus to get into human immune systems to change those cells to target cancer fighters. they went back in and destroyed the cancer. dr. steven gruff is a pioneer. using hiv to infiltrate the hiv system. >> all of the things that make the hiv virus to cause disease have been removed from this particular virus, so its only purpose is to put a gene into a cell. for me, it's incredibly exciting. >> reporter: here's emma
>>> 6:00 wet wednesday thanks for joining us i'm kristen sze. >> i am eric thomas. let's find out where the rain is. >>> let's star in the east bay around concord, pleasant hill, walnut creek, lafayette whole highway 24 corridor, moderate to heavy rain in stretches back to berkeley, oakland, alameda down to san leandro, golf links road getting wet, as you head towards broadway terrace getting wetback to san francisco better radar returns around castro street and delores and mission streets to the ocean and then off the ocean that's where that wave is that we talked about yesterday, now developing and what concerns me about in wave it is slowing the forward progress of this cold front and starting to train echoes that means we are having waves of moderate to heavy rain roll over the same areas two or three or four times now and that's going to create flooding. good news the winds are very light now so hopefully the trees can hold on. the rain is heaviest during the morning, then scattered showers for the afternoon. you are going to deal with the worst of it now through 9:00. >>> ro
for a picture around robin's christmas tree. a day i know none of us will ever forget. robin, we miss you and we love you. >> it was a special morning. cannot wait to share it with you. >>> we have a lot of news, as well. there's the chemical weapons threat in syria. and the fiscal cliff countdown. 25 days now. >> absolutely. >>> let's get right to the breaking news out of japan overnight. the powerful earthquake, shaking up the country. sam has been tracking it all. and joins us now with the very latest. sam? >> just imagine how frightening that night and morning was. we're talking about friday by the time we get to japan. a 7.3 earthquake kicks off the northern east coast of japan. if this coastline looks very familiar to you, it's because just last year there was a 9.0 quake there. that's the one that triggered not only the earthquake -- but the tsunami and then the nuclear disaster in fukushima. to compare the two, this one is much, much weaker. this sent a wall of water towards the coastline. but this one did trigger a tsunami warning. at points, there was a six-foot tsunami expected. actua
who picked up the call was found dead. abc's david wright brings us this look at the dark side of practical jokes. >> hello, good morning. >> oh, hello there. could i please speak to kate, please, my granddaughter. >> oh, yes, just hold on. >> reporter: as this prank phone call by two australian djs went viral around the world. >> if this has worked, it's the easiest prank call we've ever made. >> reporter: one can only imagine that the nurse that put the call through must have been mortified. >> it is with deep sadness that i can confirm the tragic death of a member of our nursing staff, jacintha saldanha. everyone is shocked by the loss of a much-loved and valued colleague. >> reporter: today, the duke and duchess of cambridge echoed that sentiment. their royal highnesses were l k looked after so wonderfully well at all times. their thoughts and prayers are with jacintha saldanha's family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time. >> hello, i'm just after my granddaughter kate. >> reporter: suddenly, that joke at the expense of kate's care givers. >> when is a good time
to use social media to get people to sign a petition calling for a bipartisan solution to the nation's $16 trillion debt. i will give $100 if he just stops. stops. >> keep going. he dances better than me, doesn't he? >> that's impressive, man. >> it is. >> how serious he is about the debt. get up and do gangnam style. >> serious point you have to inform yourself on what is going on. please do. >> no matter what, be in the know. not that we could top that. >>> coming up next, the prank that served as a wakeup call to the hospital and the royal family. >>> and the first lady of country music is showing everyone -- terrible accent, right? showing everyone you are never too old to try something new. you are watching "world news now." >> "world news now." >> "world news now." ♪ ♪ no time that ain't all on my mind ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by colonial penn life insurance. ♪ ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by colonial penn life insurance. ♪ >>> well, you have seen the commercials on tv, the ads that promise reverse mortgages
to first. new reports on how close syria came to using chemical weapons this week. they actually loaded the deadly gas on to bombs, prepared for launch. and martha raddatz is going to have the latest on that. >> that's a frightening development, something president obama took very seriously. >>> we have a warning this morning that all parents with infants need to here. federal authorities are taking an unprecedented move of suing the manufacturers of infant recliner, saying they are dangerous. i don't know about you guys. but i used these with both of my babies. pretty amazing. >> yeah. >>> also ahead, a major announcement today we can't wait to share with you. it involves all of us and more "gma" every day. we're excited to tell you what we're talking about later on this morning. >> that's coming up. >>> let's get to the news out of london. lama hasan is outside of the hospital where kate middleton checked out, roses in her hand. good morning, lama. >> reporter: good morning, george. just moments ago, a very happy duke and duchess of cambridge left the hospital behind me. one of the re
overlooking sausalito. >> best we can tell you is that most of us survived this latest wave of storms unscathed. there have been more than a few. we tracked some of them down, today. here is a question. if a giant oak crashes down and no one hears it does the tree make a sound? if it close that's road five hours, is a nuisance? katie kerr two who found the fallen tree would give us a resounding yes. but she's positive... >> it could be snow. that would be worse. >> could have fought faulen on the car. >> yes. really. disaster. >> sonoma county has a program to trim the!!9u overhanging branches of the road-hugging trees but can't get all of them. four have fallen in four days. tangled remains of this one looked like surewood forest. now to southern marin. yet another tree fell across sausalito boulevard. residents heard that one. and they have had three down now and more trees to follow. >> all right. we lost wayne's audio there. i think we got the gist of the story. a three-car accident closed three roads and it was a nightmare on the bridge traffic wise backed up into the city. chp
the battle against cancer cells. using hiv to do it. >>> and it's good to be beyonce. as the diva signs a monster $50 million deal. >>> good morning, everyone. we begin with the extreme storms raking over a big section of the country, from the dakotas to the southeast. >> as many as 13 twisters touched down yesterday, like this one in florida. and it came on the heels of the record snowstorm that created a slick mess across the upper midwest. here's tahman bradley. >> reporter: monster storms wreaked havoc in the upper midwest and parts of the south. in the northern plains, residents are digging out after a record snowstorm. >> we just moved to the area a few months ago from southern california. so, it's a bit of a shock. >> reporter: this morning, most of minnesota is buried in white, after the state got its monthly snowfall total in one day. in minneapolis/st. paul cars were a heavy casualty. some were buried. others like these found along emergency routes were towed. >> we were going to move our car in the morning. and it was gone. >> reporter: the snow made driving conditions
to mostly sunny conditions this afternoon and temperatures ranging from 46 to 50 all of us drop back into the low to mid 40s once the sunsets through 7:00. ran on the way tomorrow and saturday coming up in the nextgp forecast. n,h$qbg overturned vehicle southbound 680 at coopman sunol grade off-ramp the highway injuries involved ambulance en route update in a couple of minutes.nó;g elsewhere busy not bad a little more crowded westbound 80 east shore commute between golden gate fields and macarthur maze once you funnel into the bay bridge toll no problems southbound golden gate bridge busier no delays at the limit across the span touu8u san jose north 87 pt the hp pavilion nice looking ride. >>> this morning, a peninsula thousands of pieces mail is due to appear in a courtroom.yyn terry mcsweeney joins us live with how investigators say>;sr e carried out the crimes. jk matsch -yÑ the -- mail a postal carrier he just not delivered it that would be#2"0n one thing it is wt he did after that got him in trouble. natan of san bruno he has been charged with credit card forgely, id theft, p
on top of this story. >>> thanks for joining us, a lot going on this morning least of which the rain. >> there's rain, also high tides on 12-12-12. >>> good morning, looking at a little cold front pushing through with it the moisture not impressive, the cold. we have a few areas of showers around the bay offshore here san francisco, also we are looking at the rain a little across the bay into fremont in the south bay san jose reporting light rain through highway 101 east of gilroy around hollister. so far, we are not too impressed with the amounts, still rain out there the numbers are going to be chilly see the air. we'll talk more in detail coming up. first our commute. >>> good morning. we have chain requirements in the tahoe area highway 50 and 80 if you are traveling, keep changes handy live look at golden gate bridge, roadway is wet, no significant puddling or major flooding, you will find some wet roads which means slick driving conditions very light at the golden gate bridge. eastbound highway 4 roadwork loveridge to somersville until 5:30 this morning. grand avenue on-ramp to
are here with us, i'm kristen sze. >>> i'm eric thomas. is there more rain on the way? >>> it going to be tomorrow into wednesday, starting off monday morning quiet good morning here's a look at live doppler 7 hd, radar return not rain just interference don't worry about that it is dry this morning, cloudy mid to upper 40s around the bay, partly sunny and mid 50s to around 60, mild at 4:00. inland starting off in the low to mid 40s, mid to upper 50s by 4:00 at the coast not going to be very breezy, calm for you guys, cool morning 46 to 50 top out with a dry afternoon, 54 to 57. here's sue. >>> we have our first reports of an accident heading into san francisco, first reported near candlestick now chp is updating that saying north 101 at third, partially blocking right lane you may see slow traffic heading into the city. let's look at the waze app, 101 through petaluma into novato spotters are reporting fog visibility could be affected. download this app to get around your commute, free on the apple app store and google play. >>> 6:02. breaking news near livermore two chp officers in
to prevent flooding. >> i'm hearing wednesday, thursday next week there is another system coming in giving us the opportunity too catch up and clean the city storm drain systems to prevent problems in the future. >> public works says eight, two-person crews working around the clock. the supervisor says he's not seen this much saturation in probably 15 years. now, they're catching a little bit of a breather until heading into the next rain he venlt. abc 7 news. >> john, thank you. >> as you heard, more rain is on the way after a brief, but pleasant dry spell. >> yes. spencer christian is away. now, accuweather updates. >> looking at live doppler 7 hd, clear skies, a few high, thin clouds moving through. we do have our live doppler 7 hd will be tracking a storm soon with national weather service down in monterey bay. the storm going to be coming in from northwest. we'll see affects of it as early as tomorrow evening so 4:00 p.m. friday, you can see cloud cover increasing. rain lines still up in cue kaia. you'll notice rain starts+.p shift around coastal areas and in, locally by 11:00 p.m. notic
>> good morning, everyone. thanks for joining us. i'm carolyn tyler. let's start with a quick first look at the weather with our meteorologist frances dinglasan in for lisa argen. >> thanks, carolyn. good morning, everyone. here's a look at live doppler 7hd. a big change this morning. no rain here in the bay area but i want to take you up to tahoe, where we are picking up some snowfall, the areas of white there in the south tahoe area. chains are required on highway 50. for us, you can expect a cool and clear start so we are starting to see the clouds break up. cool numbers, though, with temperatures in the low 30s to near 40. by this afternoon more sunshine. temperatures climbing up into the low 50s. some upper 40s stick around. then this evening we cool around again with clearer skies. we will be dropping down into the 40s if you have evening plans. carolyn? >> thank you, frances. breaking news in san jose, where investigators continue sifting through the charred rue ins of an apartment. three people died after flames swept through third apartment last night. kira klapper has been
president of south africa is in the hospital. bazi kanani joins us from pretoria, south africa. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, josh. nelson mandela is being treated for a lung infection here in the capital city of pretoria. that's a serious condition for a man of his age. even though his health has been declining recent years, he was well enough this summer to receive visitors at his home, including the clinton family. mandela has been treated for a lung infection before. this is his fourth day in the hospital. his longest hospitalization in the past several years. doctors say he is responding to treatment. there's no reason to panic. they're also asking south africans to keep their revered leader in their prayers. josh? >> bazi kanani in south africa. >>> here at home, a medical helicopter has crashed west of chicago, killing two nurses and a pilot flying to a nearby hospital. the chopper crashed in a field near rochelle. no word why it crashed. >>> major, new concerns about the war in afghanistan this morning. u.s. troops are set to withdraw in a matter of months. but a ne
forget. also, those kids put their phone to good use. if you got your kid an iphone for christmas -- i did, my stepdaughter is 13 -- got an iphone. a lot of parents are worried that he or she might abuse it. a mom who may have the ultimate solution. she made her son sign an 18-point contract that includes everything from hand the phone over to your parents at 7:30 every night to no porn to mom always knows the password. >> a lot of parents are taking note this morning. it's going viral. we'll tell you about the rest of this creative contract in a few minutes. >>> speaking of smartphones, we've all heard of the insanely addictive game angry birds. there is a real-life version playing out in the florida everglades. the mischief that vultures are making coming up. >> i don't want to make those birds angry. >>> we do want to get right to the big digout from the second snowstorm in days. putting a hamper on a lot of miles an hours' americans' travel plans. ginger zee has the latest on what we can expect. ginger? >> more than 500 flights were delayed. new storm, and look at this, a trace to
that door, so we thought he had followed us down there and then we let her in and she said she saw a guy laying there dead with a gun beside him and we heard a gunshot before that. >> reporter: for law enforcement, a nightmare scenario. a shooting rampage in a mall packed with christmas shoppers. and because it was late afternoon, there were dozens of kids there hoping to see santa and there were also reports that there was a christmas concert under way right in the vicinity of the shooting. >> the idea that you can walk into a mall or any other location, a movie theater and shoot people is very intoxicating for these people, and they'd love to be able to control life and death. >> reporter: authorities have so far not identified the shooter or discussed any possible motive, but this incident now joins a grizzly list of other senseless shootings. this year alone, 12 people killed, 58 wounded at this aurora, colorado, movieplex in july. six people called at this wisconsin sikh temple. now add to that this shopping mall. >> i believe people will be more reticent to go to a mall just becaus
to help us celebrate this stupid milestone, can we call it that? not really. "mad" magazine writer, good morning dick bedebartolo. >> let me read this one line. as of his byline in issue 502 in 2009, your material has appeared in 400 consecutive issues of "mad" magazine dating back to 1966, my friend. >> yeah, yeah. >> you are a veteran. >> i've been paid for five of those issues. >> but you ne what? >> the check's in the mail. >> but you get paid? >> yes. it's 20 years i've been on "world news now" too. >> wow. >> the first time i ever sat at the adult table. >> really? >> yeah, yeah. >> we haven't been there that long either. >> if you want to quantify us as adults. >> how did you get started, though? >> i was back in high school, reading "mad." i thought, i don't want to read this, i want to write this. so i wrote a satire and i read in a magazine, if you submit something, send a self-addressed stamped envelope. otherwise, they'll throw it out if it's rejected. so six weeks later, i get my envelope back. i'm heart broken. i open the envelope, and it's stuffed with cardboard. the cardb
. senior justice correspondent, pierre thomas, join us with the details. >> reporter: good morning. the two ft. lauderdale men are accused of threatening to blow up a bomb in the u.s. sources tell abc news, this was not a sting. and that the younger brother had been in contact with overseas radicals, possibly connected to al qaeda. the indictment accused the men of attempting to provide money, lodging and transportation, and conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction. and sources say, the fbi found evidence that the younger brother, had been monitoring recent fbi sting cases. so, authorities say infiltrating the alleged conspiracy was a non-starter. one law enforcement source described the young man's intent as serious. but the source said, the attack was not imminent. >> okay. pierre thomas, thanks for that report. >>> we have breaking news overnight from overseas. a new provocation from north korea. the secretive nuclear nation says it will launch a long-range rocket later this month, some time between the 10th and the 22nd of december. the launch of a rocket broke apart shortly after
of breaking news overnight. including, you know, as the crisis in syria escalates, the u.s. is spending patriot missiles and troops to the syrian border with turkey. right now, martha raddatz will be here with more on that. >>> and barbara walters, bringing us her exclusive with the president and first lady. they rarely appear together for an interview. but they did for barbara. we'll hear their message, special message for robin. >>> let's get right to josh elliott for the pair of powerful earthquakes off the coast of california. >>> a powerful earthquaking rattling buildings and nerves in southern california. 6.3 magnitude off the coast. >> we're here in pasadena where they're watching this activity very closely. this was a pretty big shaker. 6.3 in magnitude. it occurred in the pacific ocean. lot of folks here in southern california felt it, though, it was a pretty good jolt. fortunately no reports of damage or injuries so far. back to you, josh. >> john, thank you. >>> people shaken by the quake twe tweeted it on twitter. >>> also this morning, new pressure on congress to approve a
thought about plotting a similar attack. he's posted an apology. stay with us for continuing coverage of the school'qmi shooting tragedy. abc 7 news reporter laura anthony will bring updates tonight at 5:00 and 6:00. you can sign up for breaking news arerts on 6 abc 7 news.com. >> turning to weather now, temperatures dropping this, is going to be one of the coldest nights of the year. >> yes. we're sure it's going to be a coldest night sh this season, so far, you can see skies are clear, later in the week, big concern is the cold. a freeze warning is in effect from 3:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. temperatures expected to drop in that area, freeze damage to crops and vegetation is a possibility. much of the remainder of the bay area is under frost advise riz from 3:00 to 8:00. low temperatures in those areas from upper 20s to mid-30s just above freezing in place that's will not be below freezing. sensitive outdoor plants may be at risk. now, how does this compare to the coldest night of the year? we're going to be cold but tonight in santa rosa. 21, january 17th, 19 in napa on that date. it wil
. a magic proposal that's gone viral. and the happy couple will join us live. >>> every time we do one of these stories about these proposals, it makes me feel completely inedadequate about m proposal to my wife. >> that's a sweet story. we're going to talk to them later in the show. >>> we have a busy morning. it's one week after the newtown shooting tragedy. we finally heard from the national rifle association. the nra chief, making his case for armed guards at schools. this is more than four dozen stars lend their voices to a new video to end gun violence. we'll tell you about their message coming up. and mayor michael bloomberg spoke out about this. >>> also coming up this morning, on a lighter note, the extraordinary new bionic body suit technology, making miracles for people who never thought they would walk again. we're going to hear from these people. their stories are extraordinary. >>> and we congratulate our good friend, sam champion, who got married yesterday to rubem. a small ceremony in sam's manhattan apartment. all of his "gma" pals were there. robin, still recovering f
call them some statement games. join us with all the action, jason page. very good morning. let's talk with the celtics, off to a very rough start this season. some people saying they're not in the mix for the championship anymore. they did get some revenge today, though. >> they did. they got embarrassed about a month ago at home. brooklyn came in, pushed them around. doc rivers was so upset, he challenged his team, he said we're just not tough enough. today, they were tough enough. this is a prideful group of veterans. this is a veteran group, older players, guys that have pacing themselves as they go through the season. they want to be fresh for the playoffs. today, you could see this one coming. the nets aren't playing well. boston coming in, trying to get some revenge. they did. another interesting thing here is brooklyn. avery johnson was coach of the month in november as the nets got off to a great start, challenging the knicks. now there's talk, people i'm talking to are saying avery johnson could be on the hotseat. the owner of the nets may make a move at the head coach spot i
. will that shield them from prosecution? >> probably. there is a technical violation. using a listening device and broadcasting that tape. maybe a fine. i don't think there will be serious prosecution here because it would be very tough to link the actual death to the prank. now you can link it as a moral matter. but as a legal matter, there needs to be a level of foreseeab foreseeablety. >> you have to look at it separately. look at the prank. the question comes, was the prank a legal violation? putting it entirely separate from the death? you can ask the question, was the prank a violation? the answer is, i'm sure they'll be able to find a technical one. same thing would happen here, by the way. if something like this happened here, everyone would look for licensing. >>> let's get the rest of the morning's headlines from josh. >> we begin with the fiery plane crash that appears to have taken the life of jen nirks rivera. invest garrets are trying to figure out why the plane vanished from radar moments after taking off. overnight, mexican television aired these grainy images, believed to be t
on fire. >> looks like willis' apartment. we'll be back with more. stay with us. >>> well, if you're up with us at this hour, you probably know how it feels to be sleep deprived. >> nearly all of us who didn't get enough, thought we were more awake than we were. abc's ron claiborne took part in that experiment. >> reporter: my eyes are open, but what you can't tell in this experiment is i am actually asleep. every day, 250,000 americans fall asleep while driving. like this woman who was videotaped seemingly nodding off at the wheel in denver. sleep-deprived drivers are blamed for thousands of crashes every year, but many times it's not that obvious. scientists say there is something called microsleep. where you can fall asleep for just a few seconds without realizing it, sometimes with your eyes open. hi, i'm ron claiborne. we traveled to liberty mutual research institute outside of boston where they study microsleep. >> a very brief transition from wakefulness new sleep. it can last up to 20, 30 seconds. you are waking. you are asleep. >> i would drive while sleep deprived. to mimic co
about what their marriage is going to be. >> the u.s. supreme court has said it will hear both cases, both proposition 8 case affecting california, and the defense of marriage act affecting everybody in the country. we expect a decision by june. mark matthews abc 7 news. >> right now in the south play bai, police trying to contact the owner of a youth consignment lot. we first brought you the story last night at 11:00. car owners are converging on sunnyvale motors looking for answers. the lot has been empty since sunday. the owner cannot be found. sunnyvale motors sold cars for owner who's turned over their pink slips. >> the car we're keeping. >> 40,000. >> 40,000s sndz. >> yes. >> they're in disbelief. they can't believe they've got swindled. it's sad listening to their story autos a mechanic says cars were towed off the lot on friday. the tow truck company told abc 7 news they're taken to auction. no charges have yet been filed against the owner. >> the police officer union says the department riched a dipping point.7)÷ >> saying the city is losing more experienced officers than
of the country. ginger zee will tell us how it will affect your travel plans. >> nothing makes ginger happier than a big winter storm. we'll talk to her in just a moment. >>> speaking of travel. this is exactly what you do not want to hear after you've ponied up for a christmas cruise on "the queen mary 2." the captain warning passengers not to use the public bathrooms or eat at the buffet. we'll have that coming up. >>> and battling a stomach bug is not an ideal to lose weight. but shooting pounds is always at the top of the list for new year's resolutions. if that's your plan, we have a feline that can help. meet tiny tim. in one year, this cat lost 20% of his body weight. we'll tell you his secrets and how they can help trim down your body in 2013. that's still ahead. >> he's an inspiration to all of us. >>> we're going to start this morning with insult to injury. round two of back-to-back winter storms, right now, rolling through a huge swath of this country. the timing could not be worse for people trying to travel for the holidays, either get home or get somewhere else. abc's meteorolog
the cargo coming into the u.s. an overnight contract agreement ends an eight-day walkoff that kept billions upon billions of dollars in cargo from getting to warehouses nationwide. crucial merchandise in these days before christmas. they estimated it was about $1 billion a day that this strike was going on. >> it's over now. that's the good news out of l.a. this morning. >>> now, we turn to the battle over how to keep the nation from going over that so-called fiscal cliff. the clock is ticking now. 27 days to go. >> and president obama and congressional republicans are making plenty of sound bytes about it all. but very little progress. abc's tahman bradley has the details from washington. >> reporter: democrats and republicans remain light years apart. here's president obama, in an interview with bloomberg tv, describing house speaker john boehner's plan to avoid the fiscal cliff. >> unfortunately the speaker's proposal right now is still out of balance. >> reporter: the speaker's plan would raise $800 billion in tax revenue. but does so without raising tax rates for top income earners. th
. terry mcsweeney has more. >> reporter: this guy delivered mail for the u.s. postal service in san mateo county, a lot of mail never got to the mailboxes where they were suppose go the person accused is 38-year-old row people -- romeo natan of san bruno. prosecutors say he's a first class felon, stole 3,000 pieces of mail information from that mail for credit cards, got 'em then went shopping. >> you and i as victims may not know there was a credit card envelope taken out of my mail and somebody fill it out and put my name on it and got a credit card >> it is sad because they are trusted to handle those things. it is bad enough people are stealing packages off porches, now you have to worry about the postal service, disheartening. allegedly gave credit cards to at least three of his friends. he appears in video at a target store using stolen credit cards, natan has pleaded not guilty he's being held on $150,000 bail. he will be in court today. terry mcsweeney, abc7 news. >>> the san francisco woman charged with killing a pedestrian during a hit-and-run at twin peaks will be back in court
valley is bracing for freezing temperatures. >> david louie joins us live in san jose. david? >> well, all lis on rivers such as the guadalupe. the crews are making sure debris is cleared so rain runnoff will flow properly. now air, threat of freezing temperatures tomorrow night, it has posed new problems for homeowners and for the homeless. homeless. a good night as sleep inwré warm, dry place is important for the homeless when whether temperatures -- weather temperatures nasty. >> we see our numbers increasing during these cold weather months and when weather is, you know, harsh out there now. it is not by night, numbers tend to fluctuate. >> eac light builders runs shelters in santa clara county. largest here at this center have 250, but can take in an extra 100.g]vj hot meals are provided. intake done using a lottery system. but that is sus and spended when there is a weather emergency. mark wheeler knows what it's hostile. >> all it takes is a little bit of rain to get clothes wet, then, you're freezing. there are people that die out there. it's sad. >> the cold weathera1çqç s
relatively tranquil for the holidays, we're tracking one disturbance that will give us bad weather. eastern texas around the houston area, thunderstorms will pop up. that spreads eastward throughout christmas tuesday. louisiana, mississippi, alabama, georgia, interstates 10 and 20, large hail, damaging wind gusts, torrential downpours, the throat for a tornado. a destructive storm system on this tuesday. the highest threat for tornadoes around new orleans, mobile, interstate 10 northward into the panhandle of florida. definitely be on alert throughout the christmas tuesday. good snow across portions of the plains. >> i hate to see rough weather this time of the year. folks hitting the road and holidays. yeah. >>> let's look at weather from across the country on this christmas eve. last-minute shoppers in boston and chicago could see light know. also early showers and clearing in l.a. rain in louisville and cincinnati. >> and blast of arctic air is hitting the upper midwest. fargo barely makes it above zero. honolulu and miami, the hot spots, near 80. seattle and portland, the 40s. >>> in ot
. ryan seacrest is helping us ring in the new year. your new year's party starts this morning,en only on "good morning america." >>> and good morning, america. the new year, of course, has already begun on the other side of the world. but out here in times square, we have a crowd. there you see the celebrations in auckland, new zealand. just before we came on the air, but outside, we have a crowd getting ready for more than a couple of hours. we get ready to say happy new year. to 2012 13. george, robin, josh, sam, and lara are all off. we're so glad to welcome dan abrams, ron claiborne and rachel smith. >>> we have a big news cycle happening on this last did of 2012. not only the fiscal cliff, but secretary of state hillary clinton in the hospital. we'll get to that in just a moment. a diagnosis of a blood clot. but some questions still remaining. >>> we have some weather stories, including the latest on this horrific tour bus crash on an icy highway in oregon. it was packed full of tourists. and it skidded off the road, leaving nine dead, many more injured. >>> and the live shot fro
intersection closed. good evening. thank you so much for joining us. i'm ama dates. we have live team coverage of our storm wach. lilian kim is on the peninsula where a creek over ran its banks. and there was lots of flooding in the north bay where cornell bernard is. we start with leigh glaser. leigh? >> what a difference about six, eight hours makes. live doppler 7hd, very active earlier this morning beginning at 7:00 a.m. as the cold front moved through. now you could barely even tell we had any rain at all. we are looking live now, folks, and you can see the receive rain has pushed on to the south and east of the bay area. still getting a few little sprinkles here and there between morgan hill and hollister. mainly at the higher elevations, but most of the rain, or actually all of the rain has moved out of the area. we did have quite a bit of rainfall. we still have a couple of river watches. these are river watches in affect until tomorrow morning. the river right now is at 27 feet. it looks like it will crest tomorrow morning below flood stage at 30 feet. the napa river in napa 23 feet r
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are looking for a man who mugged a woman and then killed her beloved dog. as abc7 news reporter tells us, a witness is now offering a reward to catch the attacker. >>> the victim was driving through the tenderloin friday just before 5:00 p.m. she agreed to tell us what happened if we didn't reveal her identity because she's worried for her safety. she tell us she pulled over because she confined her phone and needed to look on the passenger's side. >> so i got out of my car and walked around. >> in the front seat was her dog, a 12-year-old dog. and he started barking because a man grabbed her. >> by the car and he took out my money. >> he turned his attention to the dog because he seemed angry that the victim only had $5.00 in her pocket. >> he looked at me with a blank look on his face, and he said i'm going to kill your [bleep] dog. >> after a struggle he snatched the dog out of the car. >> he put roxy over his head and threw her towards incoming traffic. >> roxy survived being thumped on the pavement, but she was later put down because she suffered major injuries. >> police are starti
of the flooding. the stranded police car had to be towed out. they showed us where the river water reached in his garage back in 1998. he says flooding here is a way of life. >> if it is going to get to you too much you shouldn't live down there. >> the heavy rains caused the closure of southbound highway 9 to paradise drive. the road was closed near san lorenzo valley high school. a tree fell on power lines causing a power outage to dozens of homes. they were anxious to restore power. >> there was flooding and no power and no sum p pump to pump it out. >> residents say the worst is over. even with all of this they say they wouldn't live anywhere else. thomas roman, abc7 news. >> we have full resources on how to stay safe during the rainy season or any kind of natural disaster. you will find prepare nor cal's advice on abc7news.com under see it on tv. >> runoff water is flowing like a river and caused police to close off one area of richmond parkway. the giant highway took on water all day, and by late afternoon the off-ramp had to be closed. the flooding was caused by the water off the surroundi
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. the man behind the mask, police say, is 22-year-old jacob tyler roberts, who using an ar-15 semiautomatic rifle, killed 54-year-old cindy ann yuille, and 45-year-old steven forsyth. a third victim, 15-year-old kristina shevchenko was seriously wounded. >> this was a heartbreaking tragedy, by any standard. >> reporter: police are trying to figure out what triggered the brutal attack. unlike other rampages, roberts, they say, did not leave behind signals his life had gone off-course. in fact, he had no history of serious trouble. >> we do not understand the motive of this attack. >> reporter: roberts' ex-girlfriend, hannah sansburn, told abc news that roberts quit his job, sold all his belongings and said he was moving to hawaii. she still has no idea what set him off. >> this was the last thing i would ever have expected. especially from him. he was just too sweet. >> reporter: detectives say roberts made a beeline from his volkswagen jetta, parked in the mall lot, and entered macy's carrying the rifle, which he stole from someone he knew. roberts wore a ballistics vest that carried ammo,
continues later today. abc's tahman bradley joins us this morning from newtown. good morning, tahman. >> reporter: good morning, rob and paula. it is remarkable to see this community this morning. the signs of remembrance are everywhere. people are paying their respects at memorials and funerals. newtown is performing a grim task. parents are doing what they shouldn't have to. 6-year-old noah pozner was eulogized as a boy who liked animals, video games and mexican food. at his funeral, an onlooker collapsed. inside the funeral, his mother moved everyone to tears with her stories. >> she told him, i love you. and it matters that i loved you. >> reporter: another funeral, for jack pinto, also 6. >> it's sad. sad. heavy heart. >> reporter: there's still so much pain for all close to friday's shooting. connecticut governor dan malloy wiped away tears recalling the moment he informed parents their children had died. now, he will attend so many funerals. >> you see little coffins and your heart has to ache. >> reporter: new information about the 20-year-old shooter, adam lanza, paints a pi
tried to runxxf. amy hollyfield will bring us an update live from the scene at 6:30 >>> contra costa county deputies hope someone will help them find a man who escaped during a chase. the car crashed through a fence into a tree in bay point y no stop the man who they say is a parolee he took off and wrecked his car deputies surrounded the area near able to find him. >>> happeningal÷&vju canbgoay leave your clipper card home today muni offering free rides. this is all to celebratewa0y the agency's 100th birthday with what a party that was, as i recall. >> reporter: heck of a party)1ze eric. most birthday parties you bring a gift to theqfç honored guest this time muni is doing it in reverse turning 100 and giving free rides. take a look at some of the stuff it operates, buses, °0" muni's 100th birthday. that's a lot of partying considering it has 700,000 riders everyday. historic street cars traveling along the city, they've been celebrating the birthday for a couple months, kind of moving away from the inner core of the city into the neighborhoods more and more of them as a6bqñ
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